While Republicans rushed to help Biden pass his infrastructure bill, the rest of the president's agenda remains in limbo. Nancy Pelosi forced the “Build Back Better” bill through the House last week, but it is essentially dead on arrival in the Senate. That didn't stop Democrats from celebrating as if they'd just liberated Europe, but I digress.
The problem for the White House remains. How do they get their massive spending bill through moderate holdouts like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema? And on the other side, you have Bernie Sanders, who is expressing disapproval of Pelosi's inclusion of a massive tax cut for the wealthy (that just so happens to benefit residents in California, New York, and New Jersey the most).
Well, Democrats think they have a plan, and it's coming via a desperate, insulting shift in messaging. They really think most Americans are stupid. Will they be proven right?
— The Hill (@thehill) November 23, 2021
Democrats running in competitive Senate races are being urged to zero in on the issue of the cost of living in an effort to sell President Biden‘s Build Back Better legislative agenda, according to a polling memo released exclusively to The Hill.
The polling memo for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee found that the message was one of the top-performing messages of the over 360 messages tested by Senate Democrats so far in this cycle.
“Democrats say you should support [candidate] because they're proposing legislation to reduce the cost of living for all Americans,” the message in the memo read. “They say that their plans lower the cost of health care, child care, eldercare, and cut taxes for millions of working families. They're making sure that their plans are fully paid for by making the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share – but no one making less than $400,000 will pay any more taxes.”
You almost have to admire the brazenness here. The reason the cost of living is so high right now is because of Democrat policies. Whether we are talking about the sharp rise in energy prices or overall inflation on things like groceries, those are results largely driven by injecting too much government cash into an already overheated economy.
So with that reality punching normal Americans in the face on a daily basis, Democrats are now going to claim they are the ones who can bring the cost of living down? And they are going to do so by…spending even more money? I can't think of a dumber, more obviously ludicrous message. I mean, typically, when you lie to voters, you at least try to be coy about it. Democrats aren't even bothering. Water is not wet and don't you dare suggest it is.
I shouldn't have to explain this to elected federal officials, but you can not spend your way out of an inflation boom. You can not subsidize your way out of a cost of living crisis. The more money you pump into the economy, the more you devalue the buying power of normal Americans and steal their savings. Any gains made are canceled out by ever-increasing inflation. It's like a dog chasing a car.
Yet, here we are, with a White House and a Democrat Congress insisting that they are the chosen ones, capable of squeezing blood out of a turnip. Color me extremely skeptical that the American people are going to buy that argument. If anything, a focus on the cost of living is going to hurt Democrats because you can lie to people about a lot of things, but you can't lie to them about what they see on the bank statement.